- 12. 4. 2021
- Ionian Islands
There are traces of human activity on the island since the Paleolithic period. Kefalonia was occupied by the Venetians, the French, and the British until it was united with Greece in 1864. Kefalonia, along with the other Ionian Islands, constituted the first free Greek state (1800-1807).
The island has the tallest mountain of the Ionian Islands, Enos (Gr-Αίνος) of 1.628m in height. There can be found a unique, protected black pine.
The 2001 film “The Mandolin of Captain Corelli” was filmed in Kefalonia and made the island even more famous than it was.
Kefalonia is 164 n.m. from Athens and is 773 km2. Nowadays has a population of approx. 39.000. The capital of the island is Argostoli and it has many picturesque villages.
Some of the exceptional beaches of the island:
Activities and Events
Kefalonia, like all the Greek islands, has a long and rich tradition. Many religious festivals take place, mainly during summer.
At the end of August, the International Music Festival takes place.
There is also the festival of Varkarola that cantades (traditional songs influenced by the Italian bell canto) are sung on boats.
In the mid of August, takes place a festival that is dedicated to the local wine, Rompola.